State of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring

Tyson E. Ochsner, Michael H. Cosh, Richard H. Cuenca, Wouter A. Dorigo, Clara S. Draper, Yutaka Hagimoto, Yann H. Kerr, Kristine M. Larson, Eni G. Njoku, Eric E. Small, Marek G Zreda

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

180 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Soil moisture is an essential climate variable influencing land-atmosphere interactions, an essential hydrologic variable impacting rainfall-runoff processes, an essential ecological variable regulating net ecosystem exchange, and an essential agricultural variable constraining food security. Large-scale soil moisture monitoring has advanced in recent years, creating opportunities to transform scientific understanding of soil moisture and related processes. These advances are being driven by researchers from a broad range of disciplines, but this complicates collaboration and communication; and, for some applications, the science required to utilize large-scale soil moisture data is poorly developed. In this review, we describe the state of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring and identify some critical needs for research to optimize the use of increasingly available soil moisture data. We review representative examples of (i) emerging in situ and proximal sensing techniques, (ii) dedicated soil moisture remote sensing missions, (iii) soil moisture monitoring networks, and (iv) applications of large-scale soil moisture measurements. Significant near-term progress seems possible in the use of large-scale soil moisture data for drought monitoring. Assimilation of soil moisture data for meteorological or hydrologic forecasting also shows promise, but significant challenges related to spatial variability and model structures remain. Little progress has been made in the use of large-scale soil moisture observations within the context of ecological or agricultural modeling. Opportunities abound to advance the science and practice of large-scale soil moisture monitoring for the sake of improved Earth system monitoring, modeling, and forecasting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1888-1919
Number of pages32
JournalSoil Science Society of America Journal
Volume77
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

Fingerprint

soil moisture
soil water
monitoring
state of the art
agricultural modeling
hydrologic factors
net ecosystem exchange
hydrologic data
ecological modeling
communication (human)
food security
meteorological data
monitoring system
remote sensing
runoff
transform
researchers
drought
communication
climate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science

Cite this

Ochsner, T. E., Cosh, M. H., Cuenca, R. H., Dorigo, W. A., Draper, C. S., Hagimoto, Y., ... Zreda, M. G. (2013). State of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 77(6), 1888-1919. https://doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2013.03.0093

State of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring. / Ochsner, Tyson E.; Cosh, Michael H.; Cuenca, Richard H.; Dorigo, Wouter A.; Draper, Clara S.; Hagimoto, Yutaka; Kerr, Yann H.; Larson, Kristine M.; Njoku, Eni G.; Small, Eric E.; Zreda, Marek G.

In: Soil Science Society of America Journal, Vol. 77, No. 6, 11.2013, p. 1888-1919.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ochsner, TE, Cosh, MH, Cuenca, RH, Dorigo, WA, Draper, CS, Hagimoto, Y, Kerr, YH, Larson, KM, Njoku, EG, Small, EE & Zreda, MG 2013, 'State of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring', Soil Science Society of America Journal, vol. 77, no. 6, pp. 1888-1919. https://doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2013.03.0093
Ochsner TE, Cosh MH, Cuenca RH, Dorigo WA, Draper CS, Hagimoto Y et al. State of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 2013 Nov;77(6):1888-1919. https://doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2013.03.0093
Ochsner, Tyson E. ; Cosh, Michael H. ; Cuenca, Richard H. ; Dorigo, Wouter A. ; Draper, Clara S. ; Hagimoto, Yutaka ; Kerr, Yann H. ; Larson, Kristine M. ; Njoku, Eni G. ; Small, Eric E. ; Zreda, Marek G. / State of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring. In: Soil Science Society of America Journal. 2013 ; Vol. 77, No. 6. pp. 1888-1919.
@article{fe65aefa42ed4b6c943fe6a49b0794e7,
title = "State of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring",
abstract = "Soil moisture is an essential climate variable influencing land-atmosphere interactions, an essential hydrologic variable impacting rainfall-runoff processes, an essential ecological variable regulating net ecosystem exchange, and an essential agricultural variable constraining food security. Large-scale soil moisture monitoring has advanced in recent years, creating opportunities to transform scientific understanding of soil moisture and related processes. These advances are being driven by researchers from a broad range of disciplines, but this complicates collaboration and communication; and, for some applications, the science required to utilize large-scale soil moisture data is poorly developed. In this review, we describe the state of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring and identify some critical needs for research to optimize the use of increasingly available soil moisture data. We review representative examples of (i) emerging in situ and proximal sensing techniques, (ii) dedicated soil moisture remote sensing missions, (iii) soil moisture monitoring networks, and (iv) applications of large-scale soil moisture measurements. Significant near-term progress seems possible in the use of large-scale soil moisture data for drought monitoring. Assimilation of soil moisture data for meteorological or hydrologic forecasting also shows promise, but significant challenges related to spatial variability and model structures remain. Little progress has been made in the use of large-scale soil moisture observations within the context of ecological or agricultural modeling. Opportunities abound to advance the science and practice of large-scale soil moisture monitoring for the sake of improved Earth system monitoring, modeling, and forecasting.",
author = "Ochsner, {Tyson E.} and Cosh, {Michael H.} and Cuenca, {Richard H.} and Dorigo, {Wouter A.} and Draper, {Clara S.} and Yutaka Hagimoto and Kerr, {Yann H.} and Larson, {Kristine M.} and Njoku, {Eni G.} and Small, {Eric E.} and Zreda, {Marek G}",
year = "2013",
month = "11",
doi = "10.2136/sssaj2013.03.0093",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "77",
pages = "1888--1919",
journal = "Soil Science Society of America Journal",
issn = "0361-5995",
publisher = "Soil Science Society of America",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - State of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring

AU - Ochsner, Tyson E.

AU - Cosh, Michael H.

AU - Cuenca, Richard H.

AU - Dorigo, Wouter A.

AU - Draper, Clara S.

AU - Hagimoto, Yutaka

AU - Kerr, Yann H.

AU - Larson, Kristine M.

AU - Njoku, Eni G.

AU - Small, Eric E.

AU - Zreda, Marek G

PY - 2013/11

Y1 - 2013/11

N2 - Soil moisture is an essential climate variable influencing land-atmosphere interactions, an essential hydrologic variable impacting rainfall-runoff processes, an essential ecological variable regulating net ecosystem exchange, and an essential agricultural variable constraining food security. Large-scale soil moisture monitoring has advanced in recent years, creating opportunities to transform scientific understanding of soil moisture and related processes. These advances are being driven by researchers from a broad range of disciplines, but this complicates collaboration and communication; and, for some applications, the science required to utilize large-scale soil moisture data is poorly developed. In this review, we describe the state of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring and identify some critical needs for research to optimize the use of increasingly available soil moisture data. We review representative examples of (i) emerging in situ and proximal sensing techniques, (ii) dedicated soil moisture remote sensing missions, (iii) soil moisture monitoring networks, and (iv) applications of large-scale soil moisture measurements. Significant near-term progress seems possible in the use of large-scale soil moisture data for drought monitoring. Assimilation of soil moisture data for meteorological or hydrologic forecasting also shows promise, but significant challenges related to spatial variability and model structures remain. Little progress has been made in the use of large-scale soil moisture observations within the context of ecological or agricultural modeling. Opportunities abound to advance the science and practice of large-scale soil moisture monitoring for the sake of improved Earth system monitoring, modeling, and forecasting.

AB - Soil moisture is an essential climate variable influencing land-atmosphere interactions, an essential hydrologic variable impacting rainfall-runoff processes, an essential ecological variable regulating net ecosystem exchange, and an essential agricultural variable constraining food security. Large-scale soil moisture monitoring has advanced in recent years, creating opportunities to transform scientific understanding of soil moisture and related processes. These advances are being driven by researchers from a broad range of disciplines, but this complicates collaboration and communication; and, for some applications, the science required to utilize large-scale soil moisture data is poorly developed. In this review, we describe the state of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring and identify some critical needs for research to optimize the use of increasingly available soil moisture data. We review representative examples of (i) emerging in situ and proximal sensing techniques, (ii) dedicated soil moisture remote sensing missions, (iii) soil moisture monitoring networks, and (iv) applications of large-scale soil moisture measurements. Significant near-term progress seems possible in the use of large-scale soil moisture data for drought monitoring. Assimilation of soil moisture data for meteorological or hydrologic forecasting also shows promise, but significant challenges related to spatial variability and model structures remain. Little progress has been made in the use of large-scale soil moisture observations within the context of ecological or agricultural modeling. Opportunities abound to advance the science and practice of large-scale soil moisture monitoring for the sake of improved Earth system monitoring, modeling, and forecasting.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84890737417&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84890737417&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.2136/sssaj2013.03.0093

DO - 10.2136/sssaj2013.03.0093

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84890737417

VL - 77

SP - 1888

EP - 1919

JO - Soil Science Society of America Journal

JF - Soil Science Society of America Journal

SN - 0361-5995

IS - 6

ER -